I Am Brian Wilson

Author: Brian Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444781316

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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'My life has been written about over and over again, and that's mostly okay with me. Other people can talk about my life. Sometimes they'll get it right and sometimes they'll get it wrong. For me, when I think back across my own life, there are so many things that are painful. Sometimes I don't like discussing them. Sometimes I don't even like remembering them. But as I get older, the shape of that pain has changed. Sometimes memories come back to me when I least expect them. Maybe that's the only way it works when you've lived the life I've lived: starting a band with my brothers that was managed by my father, watching my father become difficult and then impossible, watching myself become difficult and then impossible, watching women I loved come and go, watching children come into the world, watching my brothers get older, watching them pass out of the world. Some of those things shaped me. Others scarred me. Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference. When I watched my father fly into a rage and take swings at me and my brothers, was that shaping or scarring? When we watched him grow frustrated with his day job and take solace in music, was that shaping or scarring? Those are all memories but I can't get to them all at once. I've had a whole lifetime to take them in. Now I have a whole book to put them out there.' Excerpt from I Am Brian Wilson

I Am Brian Wilson

Author: Brian Wilson,Ben Greenman

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0345813944

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 0

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For the first time in his own words, the legendary musical genius of The Beach Boys reflects on his tumultuous life and astonishing 21st-century comeback to live performance and renewed creativity. Brian Wilson was the driving creative force behind The Beach Boys, a band that defined an era and charted nine consecutive gold albums and hit after unstoppable hit. But he was derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band he'd helped to create. Amazingly, he persisted. With the right support network, including his second wife, Melinda, the right doctors and the right medication, Wilson found his way back to the foundation of his creativity. In the 2000s, he was able to emerge as a solo performance artist, and complete Smile, the unfinished Beach Boys record that had become both the symbol of his genius and of his destabilization. I Am Brian Wilson is the story of Brian Wilson's life, told by an older, calmer Brian Wilson. He reflects on his difficulties, his extraordinary accomplishments and forgiveness for the people who complicated those accomplishments, and his life. Wiser, more measured, though still possessed of the youthful spark that helped him rise to the top of the rock-and-roll world, Wilson relates his life with emotional honesty: "Telling my story honestly means remembering things I sometimes prefer to forget. I would like people to get to know what I've gone through, and I hope that my story will give them strength."

The Words and Music of Brian Wilson

Author: Christian Matijas-Mecca

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440838992

Category: Music

Page: 205

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A fascinating study of Brian Wilson's creative career as a composer, producer, performer, and collaborator that addresses all aspects of Brian's five-decade-long music career through his creative methods and processes. • Presents the first complete and career-spanning biography of Brian Wilson and detailed examination of his musical career • Considers Wilson's work with The Beach Boys and the many performers and bands with whom he collaborated as producer, songwriter, and performer in a chronological narrative instead of categorizing his work as "Beach Boys" and "Other" • Discusses Wilson's diverse musical activities as comprising equal parts devoted to composition, production, performance, and collaboration • Sorts through various conflicting narratives about Brian Wilson's career in order to provide an accurate account of his creative chronology

I Am Brian Wilson

Author: Brian Wilson,Professor in the School of Kinesiology Brian Wilson,Ben Greenman

Publisher: Random House Canada

ISBN: 9780345813930

Category: Singers

Page: 320

View: 5125

Memoir of legendary Beach Boy member Brian Wilson

Rock & Roll in Kennedy's America

Author: Richard Aquila

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421444984

Category: History

Page: 411

View: 7849

"The author tells an unconventional history of rock & roll in the early 1960s-one that argues that Buddy Holly's death in 1959 was not "the day the music died," that teenagers of the early 1960s were not as rebellious as we'd like to believe, and that the consensus politics and Cold War culture of this era were much broader based than we usually assume"--

Parliamentary Debates

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: 1250

View: 866

Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

Author: Domenic Priore,Brian Wilson,Van Dyke Parks

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 178323198X

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 1688

Smile has become one of the most unavoidable legends of rock'n'roll folklore, and in this searching examination Domenic Priore presents the true story behind the album's 40-year conception. Work on Smile began hot on the heels of the ground-breaking Pet Sounds, when Brian Wilson collaborated with Van Dyke Parks to create a 'musical story of America'. However, production would famously collapse under a tide of internal fighting, record business chicanery and Brian's own health problems. In this unique account, Domenic Priore interviews all the main players and documents every aspect of the Smile experience, from its troubled inception to Wilson's brave attempt to finish what he started in 2005. The book includes detailed accounts of studio work, the triumphant live shows in Europe and the US, and a host of exclusive photos from photographer Guy Webster.

Dig If You Will The Picture

Author: Ben Greenman

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571333273

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7395

Ben Greenman's monumental yet intimate book on Prince comes a year after the star's death at the age of 57 in an elevator at the legendary Paisley Park complex. With the release of a string of critically acclaimed albums and a new solo tour, the Minneapolis Genius looked set for a renaissance after a quiet-ish (by his standards) decade or so. And then: the silence, forever. Dig If U Will The Picture is a portrait of The Artist, who was also the artist who will be remembered by many as the brightest, most seductive and enigmatic pop star of his generation. In thematically structured chapters, Ben Greenman anatomizes a career and an aesthetic that at times seemed otherworldly. Drawing on over 40 studio albums, a repertoire of 2,000 plus live shows and close analysis of the unreleased highlights of the Vault, Dig If U Will the Picture is a critical consideration of Prince's art, a testimony to the author's deep and abiding personal connection to the work, and a fitting memorial.

Wouldn't it be Nice

Author: Brian Wilson,Todd Gold

Publisher: Harpercollins


Category: Music

Page: 398

View: 9226

The former Beach Boy discusses his meteoric rise to superstardom, his breakdown and recovery, the birth of his band, his bouts with drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness, and his relationship with Dr. Eugene Landy